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Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur match thread: Derby day

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It’s the big one. Time to paint North London red.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Ah, the North London Derby. Arsenal against Tottenham. It’s one of the biggest days of every Gooner’s year. Today’s match takes on even more significance, if that’s possible because Arsenal and Spurs are battling it out for a Europa League place with the loser facing the very real prospect of missing out on Europe entirely. Also, an Arsenal win today brings us that much closer to the first St. Totteringham’s Day celebration in a few years.

I’d like to see Arsenal go at Spurs defense. Whoever Mikel Arteta deploys as an attacking three should have plenty of opportunities against Jose Mourinho’s backline. Spurs have been woeful without the ball, and they give up chances by the bundle. In the past, Spurs have hurt Arsenal on the counter, especially through Son Heung-min, but the Gunners did well against Wolves and then Leicester to not get burned in transition.

I’m cautiously optimistic about today.

Arsenal will be without the services of Eddie Nketiah, who is serving the first match of his red card ban. Mesut Özil will likely miss out due to his ongoing “back soreness” troubles. Matteo Guendouzi is probably still confined to Mikel Arteta’s doghouse.

Eric Dier will miss out for Spurs — he was handed a four-match ban for going into the stands to confront a fan back in March. Dele Ali is probably out with a hamstring injury.

So there you have it. The stage is set. Whoever wins this one probably finishes ahead of the other in the table. A European place is basically on the line. St. Totteringham’s Day is too. Let’s go. Come on you Gunners.

Arsenal - Martinez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe

Spurs - Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane

WHAT: Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur
WHERE: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
WHEN: 11:30 AM EST | 8:30 AM PST | 4:30 PM BT
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